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Jon Theodore re­turns with new Queens record

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■ “Go­ing into the stu­dio [to record] this al­bum was like a blood brothers thing where ev­ery­one slices their hands,” Jon Theodore says of Vil­lains, the forth­com­ing al­bum from Queens of the Stone Age. “It was like an acid trip. There was no exit, we’re all there and we’d be there un­til we came out on the other side.”

Thank­fully Theodore and the desert rock he­roes have come out on the other side clutch­ing their Mark Ron­son-pro­duced sev­enth al­bum. It’s an al­bum that adds a heap of swing to the Queens’ robot rock mix, and it seems that ‘Up­town Funk’ pro­ducer Ron­son was a key player in that mu­si­cal shift: “Every time a Ron­son cut comes on you can’t help but move your body,” Theodore con­tin­ues. “So, hav­ing Mark and Josh [Homme] to­gether and work­ing things up with them meant we were al­ways on the right track. Ron­son was very hands-on with drums from the start.”

Theodore re­veals that the bulk of the al­bum was tracked live, with­out a click, but with the aid of a litle mix­ing and match­ing when it came to his kit. “Ron­son has his go-to ‘Up­town Funk’ drum­set which is an old Lud­wig,” he says. “Josh has a bunch of trusted drums that have been on lots of Queens stuff and have been around for­ever with heads that haven’t been changed for 100 years.”

As well as Ron­son and Homme’s tried-and-trusted set­ups, Theodore was also able to call upon a cou­ple of new toys. “I’ve got a brand new set of Lud­wig Vistal­ites which are f**king in­sane. I’ve bro­ken them out for the shows that we’ve just played. We had some Mas­ters of Maple stuff as well and some great snares. It was a real mix and match.”

Vil­lains is re­leased on 25 August.

Jon Theodore is back in the sad­dle on Vil­lains, the new Mark Ron­son-pro­duced QOTSA al­bum

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